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LETTERS MENTORING Re: “Our Personal Catalysts” President’s Note in AACN Bold Voices, March 2012 Mentoring develops the protégé and the mentor. It creates an opportunity to excel, as my dear father told me many years ago. Mentoring has added deep ribbons of colorful richness to an already incredibly demanding, delightful, challenging nursing career. I would not be who I am today without the careful mentorship of many outstanding women (and a few special men) who cared enough to give me time, care and support. They led me to understand my strengths and, within a respectful relationship, identified areas for personal and professional growth. As a mentor, my advice and protection have saved dozens of protégés from tangled trouble ahead that they couldn’t see, saving them time, heartache and other difficulties. M. Cecilia Wendler Springfield, Ill. FAMILY PRESENCE AND VISITATION Re: Pages 7, 11 and 22 in February AACN Bold Voices and page 33 in March. won’t get caught up in the tasks and will always remember it’s not an assignment in the bed; it’s a human being. As nurses we have an amazing responsibility. As nurses we are entrusted with our patients’ most prized possession — their life. It’s our job to continually speak for them when they cannot speak for themselves. This includes providing for proper visitation rights and schedules. It’s about what is best for the patient. Period. Sean Dent Hermitage, Pa. I work in two ICUs. One ICU has had open visiting since the early 1990s, and it works well. The other unit is very restrictive, and charge nurses typically assign me to the patients with “problem” families. It’s amazing how quickly things settle down after I tell families they can stay as long as they’d like. I work nights, and they often decide to go home. Linda Rutherford River Falls, Wis. We allow almost unlimited visiting, closing the unit only for an hour at change of shift. This ensures a safe handoff without interruptions and protects every patient during report. Kathi Sweetman Rochester, N.Y. I first wrote some of these comments in a blog post at My reflex reaction to unlimited visitation is, “You’ve got to be kidding me!” Family and loved ones do not need to witness certain aspects of care. But I also wonder if it could seem like I’m hiding something. Or I don’t want them to see a mistake I might make. Maybe we all need to have unlimited visitation. That way we The Vision That Became AACN he loss of Rosalie Burrelli Hammerschmidt Lanius, AACN co-founder and past president, offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the passion and perseverance of our community’s visionary founders. Throughout a distinguished career as a clinician, educator and leader, Lanius made major contributions to the evolving field of critical care. She earned her diploma in nursing at Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, where she collaborated with Austrian anesthesiologist Peter Safar, a pioneer of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Later, she contributed to the development of prehospital emergency care in Nashville, Tenn. As nurse editor of Heart & Lung, AACN’s first scientific journal, Lanius helped cement the deep-rooted value of true collaboration, which, many years later, became one of AACN’s healthy work environment standards. An accomplished pianist who enjoyed music, sports, literature and gardening, she memorialized a lifetime of pithy aphorisms about her beloved profession in “A Little Book of Nurses’ Rules,” which she co-authored with physician colleague Clifford K. Meador. “Rosie inspired me,” says fellow AACN founder Penny Vaughan. “She had a gift for being in the future and helping others see a vision and its possibilities. This proved critical in AACN’s early days.” T AACN BOLD VOICES MAY 2012 29

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - May 2012

Front/Digital Edition Viewing Guide
Another Angle
AACN Boards and Contact Information
Your NTI Checklist
AACN, Case Western Reserve University Announce Innovative DNP, PhD Collaboration
Patients at End of ICU Rounds Receive Less Face Time
Medical Panel Members Have Conflicts of Interest
Adverse Events Unreported
Penn Nursing Study: Nurse Burnout a Worldwide Problem
Low-Cost Changes to Nurses' Work Environment Also Benefit Patients
Hospital Workers Reluctant to Report Medical Errors
Flame of Excellence Awards
Circle of Excellence Awards
UTI Prevention Lower Priority Than Other HAIs
Children at Higher Risk for Infection in Intensive Care
Cameras, Feedback: Effective Tools to Enforce Hand Washing
In Our Journals
More Coronary Events Associated With Dabigatran
Certification Capsules
Publishing-related Events at NTI
Stay Connected at NTI
From the President

Bold Voices - May 2012